I just joined this forum. I live in the North East and my garden (mainly grass) is quite substancial in size.
Last year I have found a few struggeling bees on my path and helped them with a little sugar/water solution fed on a small teaspoon on their way. I don't have many flowering plants. However, I have noticed that bees seem to love some Allu...(I can't think of the name right now. They're purple and look a bit like ice cream balls. I'm sure they're called Alurium or something like that. Apparently they're related to onions). I only have about five of these inside a plant pot.
To cut a long story short. The struggeling bees I found last year made me realise that I haven't really seen many bees and butterflies in recent years and I'd like to help these creatures. I don't know much about plants and flowers, as I was brought up in cities and the closest I ever came to gardening was pottering about on a balcony. So you can imagine that this is all a bit daunting to me and being terrified of slugs doesn't really help lol .
I let you know what (apart from grass the size of half a tennis court) is in my garden at the moment:
In the front there is a corkscrew hazel, a shrub that I believe could be a butterfly bush, but I haven't seen any butterflies on it so far. The latter I planted from a pot into the soil last summer. Then there is a fuchsia and since today a forsythia.
Also, I'd like to know if Helleboris Niger would help either very late or early bees, as these flower from December until May. I have one of them in a planter.
In the back there is mainly brambles, which I keep in check, so they don't take over like it used to be the case when I moved in here.
Help would be appreciated and thanks already for replies.